Our free and inclusive Buildup Buffalo Ride this coming Monday, October 21st, will start from the Kaisertown corner of Clinton and Weiss Streets, where the building at 1840 Clinton owned by Lisa Menchetti was recently leased to Lifetime Memories Photography thanks to a connection made by Buildup Buffalo, a startup firm that “specializes in representing small businesses, nonprofits and startups, and assisting property owners with unique spaces in local, walkable neighborhoods.” Learn more below about Buildup Buffalo from founder and broker Maggie Hamilton Winship.

What inspired the founding of Buildup Buffalo?

Small businesses and nonprofits often enter the world of real estate decisions without knowledge or support – we try to provide just that! Additionally, we were tired of a male-dominated industry, especially in Buffalo, and branded as a women-owned boutique firm very much on purpose.

What are the greatest challenges to achieving its mission?

Buffalo is a small town. Everyone knows everyone. It is often very difficult to advocate for yourself to get paid (!) and make sure you’re doing what is best for the client! Finding like-minded, honest and hardworking allies in the business, like Ryan Connolly’s ReMax Plus team, are key to overcoming these challenges!

A West Side commercial space available through Buildup Buffalo

What is Buildup Buffalo’s greatest accomplishment to date?

Anytime we can help ease the stress of a fellow woman business-owner or executive, we know we’ve done our job! My favorite deal recently was finding Grassroots Gardens a new space to grow into on the East Side, where they wanted to be, with excellent community-focused landlords!

Buildup Buffalo helped Grassroots Gardens find their new home office on Broadway – photo from Buffalo Rising

How can community members get involved?

I encourage all members of our community to pay attention. We can have nice things in our community – like bike lanes and walkable streetscapes. We can add quality housing options for all people to be able to live in all of our beautiful neighborhoods. If you want nice things for yourself and your fellow Buffalonians, you have to show up to municipal board meetings and speak. We are all jaded, but if we speak up for one another we can make positive change in our neighborhoods!

Our host, Lisa Menchetti, who owns the building with the Kaisertown mural, is living proof of how to improve your community by showing up and making positive change for the whole neighborhood!

1840 Clinton Street, Kaisertown

 Added Ryan Connolly of The Ryan Connolly Team at RE/MAX Plus:

The way real estate can connect us to and benefit our chosen communities fascinates us. Whenever possible, we try to shop local and with a wide variety of incredible businesses and community-minded individuals in Western New York, our options are limitless. In fact, many of these people have graciously shared their stories on our website. For every home sold, a portion of that sale is donated to the Children’s Miracle Network, locally supporting Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.